A 33 year old man simply identified as Ifiok was yesterday, brought out alive from a 50- feet deep well, three days after he was dumped by his abductors.
Ifiok, a son of a retired army officer and a driver with a popular transport company in the state had closed work on Monday night, parked his vehicle at the company’s premises, and was heading to his Ediene Abak home, when he ran into men of the underworld at Ikot Oku Ikono.
Our correspondent who witnessed the rescue of the victim, reports that Ifiok who managed to explain with little breath, said he boarded motorcycle at Ikot Oku Ikono junction, and was going home to see his sick mother when he ran into evil boys who intercepted the motorcycle and waylaid him into the bush located at the premise of QIC Primary School, Ikot Oku Ikono.
It was learnt from the victim that after the hoodlums snatched the seventeen thousand five hundred naira (N17,500) he had on him, they took him to the well and after several cuts on his body, was pushed inside to die.Luck however, came his way yesterday, when the school pupils were playing in the field and one of them ran into the bush and heard a voice echoing from inside the bush. He raised alarm which attracted attention of teachers and villagers who rushed to the scene.
Youths of the community then mobilized themselves and brought a long rope, with which they drew him out of the well. He was immediately rushed to a private hospital in Uyo.
The victim with several cuts on his body, said that there were many human bones and skulls inside the well of death. Our correspondent further learnt that the well in the past, served as a source of drinking water for the community, before it was abandoned as a result of the advent of bore hole.
Meanwhile, the visibly angry youths of the community have condemned the action of the hoodlums. The youths who vowed to fish perpetrators of the evil in their community, called on the local and state government to seal up the well.When contacted, the Assistant Police Public Relations Officer, Akwa Ibom State Police Command, Iboro Victor, said the command is yet to get signal on the incident. He promised to call back once he gets information on it.